Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Letter on Highly Mobile Children
Today, the U.S. Department of Education released a Letter to State Directors of Special Education with resources, guidance, and important principles to help states, school districts, families and others ensure the rights of highly-mobile children with disabilities.
The Purpose of this letter is to address concerns expressed by stakeholders regarding the unique educational needs of highly mobile children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), provide an updated list of resources to support them, and seek your assistance in improving the educational stability of, and post-school outcomes for, these highly mobile children.
encouraging collaboration between state and local agencies and head start
New documents from the U.S. Department of Education (OSEP & OHS) delineate the responsibilities for SEAs, LEAs, and Head Start programs to implement IDEA to ensure children with disabilities enrolled in Head Start programs receive free appropriate education in the least restrictive environment.
Dear Colleague Letter on IDEA Services in Head Start
Guidance on Creating an Effective Memorandum of Understanding to Support High Quality Inclusive Early Childhood Systems
new mental health programs
School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program (SBMH) - Technical assistance webinars for prospective applicants will be provided on October 11 and 19. The application closes on November 3.
Mental Health Professional Demonstration Grant Program (MHSP) - Technical assistance webinars for prospective applicants will be provided on October 12 and 18. The application closes on November 3.
OSEP Memorandum 22-01 on Personnel Qualifications under IDEA (October 4, 2022)
This memorandum describes IDEA requirements related to personnel qualifications and alternative certifications as well as resources available to support States' efforts in meeting them.
Avoiding Discriminatory Use of discipline
The U.S. Department of Education (OCR & OSERS) has released (July 2022) new guidance to help public schools meet the needs of students with disabilities and avoid the discriminatory use of student discipline.
INFORMAL REMOVAL OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The National DisAbility Rights Network has published a report titled “Out from the Shadows-Informal Removal of Children with Disabilities from Public Schools” regarding protecting the rights of children with disabilities in school.
Serving children with disabilities in private schools q&A
The U.S. Department of Education has published a Q&A document intended to provide guidance regarding the IDEA requirements applicable to children with disabilities placed by their parents in private schools.
Supporting Student Mental Health
race, ethnicity, and idea part b
attract, prepare, retain personnel
The U.S. Department of Education English Learner Tool Kit, English Learners website, and Educator and Developer Toolkits to Support English Learners
NCEO - Guidance Manuals for Educators of English Learners with Disabilities - Ideas and Lessons from the Field
National Resource Centers
IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University
(evidence-based online modules across many subjects)